Under the Immigration Rules, certain foreign nationals (42 countries in total including China and Russia) were subject to an immigration condition which required those nationals to register with the Police within 7 days of entering the UK (for visas issued for more than 6 months). Thereafter, such nationals were required to notify the Police of certain change of circumstances, such as moving address, change of employer or change in immigration status.
As of 4th August 2022, UK Visas and Immigration confirmed via the gov.uk website that such requirements had been withdrawn. This change will remove an administrative burden on individuals who have already registered with the Police and those who have recently received their visa with a condition to register with the Police but are yet to travel to the UK. Those who have been issued with a visa with the requirement to register but who are yet to travel will have their visa reissued where possible or will be notified of the changes in advance of travel.
The Home Office together with the National Police Chief’s Council have issued a public notice and helpful FAQ document which can be found here.
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